Triple-digit temps predicted in Green Country
|Updated: 8/06/2013 8:35 am
||Published: 8/06/2013 7:27 am
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - High temperatures and increasing humidity have prompted the Emergency Medical Services Authority to issue tHigh temperatures and increasing humidity have prompted the Emergency Medical Services Authority to issue the 4th "heat alert" of the summer.
he 4th "heat alert" of the summer.
EMSA declared the alert on Tuesday after seven people in the Oklahoma City area called 911 dispatchers suffering from heat related illnesses.
A total of 216 people have called 911 dispatchers since April 1st suffering from heat related issues. Some of them suffered the most serious heat illness, heat stroke, and have been transported in critical condition to local hospitals.
Officials say higher humidity reduces the effectiveness of sweating in cooling the body by reducing the rate of moisture evaporation from the skin.
An EMSA "heat alert" is issued after five emergency calls related to heat are received by EMSA dispatchers. It will remain in place until temperatures drop.
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